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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Gardener

December 7, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, Gardening

Help your favourite green-thumb kill time until the spring thaw with these gorgeous gardening gift ideas.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Gardener

1. Peas on Earth Print – I’m smitten with these adorable vegetable prints. Check out the Etsy shop for other fruits and veggies, if peas aren’t your thing.

2. Neon Dipped Pots – A gardener can never have too many flower pots, and what a great way to add a splash of color.

3. Gardener’s Apron – Practical yet pretty. Give your favorite gardener a handy apron to help hold tools, gloves, and seeds as they get down and dirty.

4. Seed Bombs – Seed Bombs are a great way to spread the love, and the flowers. Simply mix together clay, dirt and seeds, roll into balls and let dry. Then package up with a little note.

5. Flower Arranging Kit – Your favorite gardener will appreciate a kit for arranging flowers, especially flowers from their own garden. Pack all the essentials inside a jar that’s attractive enough to double as a vase.

6. Seed Packets – These adorable seed packets are available as a free download. Simply pick your favorite colored paper, print, and fill with seeds.

7. DIY Garden Markers – Sure most green-thumbs will be able to tell you what’s what just by looking at their garden, but theses are just so darn cute who wouldn’t want to have a set?

8. Spray Painted Watering Can – Brighten up an old watering can with a simple coat of paint. Who says the flowers have to be the only thing colourful?

9. Gardener’s Soap – Anyone who’s spent much time in a garden can tell you just how dirty you can get. So why not give your favorite gardener some beautiful handmade soaps to help clean and nourish their hands after a long day in the garden.

10. Bee and Insect Hotel – Get their garden buzzing with this great bug house. Perfect for solitary bees such as Mason Bees, which are excellent for pollinating in the garden, helping to increase fruit yields.

Don’t forget to check back on Monday for more great ideas as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series.

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Christmas Photo Booth Props – Free Printable

December 6, 2012 - Filed under Christmas, Free Stuff

Every good party needs a photo booth, and props are a great way to make sure your guests cut loose and get silly. Simply print these patterns, glue them to foam core, cut them out with an exacto knife, and add a stick! Then you and your friends can get snapping! Happy Holidays!

*** UPDATE ***
A friendly reader just noticed that the ‘Naughty’ & ‘Nice’ arrows were missing from the original pdf. This has now been updated. Thanks Jenni!

Christmas Photo Booth Props - Free Printable

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Materials:
8.5×11 paper
Dowels
Foam core
Spray Adhesive
Exacto Knife
Tape

Step 1: Click here to download the free printable and print out pictures of the props.

Step 2: Spray each piece with spray adhesive and mount to the foam core.

Step 3: Using an exacto knife cut out the shapes of the props.

Step 4: Tape the dowel to the backside of the prop.

Step 5: Get Snapping!

Happy Holidays from TalkCraftyToMe.com

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Handyman

December 6, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Today’s Handmade Gift Guide is for that special someone who’s always puttering around looking for that next DIY project. The handyman, who can hang a picture, fix a sink and everything in-between.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

Handmade Gifts for The Handyman

1. DIY Typographic Wall Art – Spruce up their garage, studio or workshop with a personalized wooden intial.

2. Hardware Coat Rack – Give your handyman and handy place to hang their coat.

3. Re-useable Beer Carton – Reward your special handyman with a cold beer and a stylish reusable beer crate.

4. DIY Lamp – This industrial style lamp would be a great addition to any workshop.

5. Peg Board Organizer – Who couldn’t use some help staying organized? This peg board organizer is just the ticket to make sure your handyman never misplaces a tool again.

6. Vintage Style Letterpress Wall Art – Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey… Stylish wall art for your handyman.

7. Chalkboard Mail Organizer – Another great way to help your handyman stay organized.

8. Concrete Book Ends – These personalized bookends have a great raw look to them and are easy to make.

9. Nature inspired iPhone Dock – Modern technology meets nature, with this iPhone Dock.

10. Industrial Side Tables – Build these attractive industrial side tables for a modern look at an affordable price.

Check back on tomorrow as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series with Gifts for The Gardener.

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9 Candy Cane Crafts

December 5, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

9 Candy Cane Crafts

Nothing say “Holidays” quite like candy canes! Not only are they perfect for all sorts of sweet treats, but they can also be used in festive craft projects that will bring the holiday spirit in your house or make great gifts.

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Homebody

December 5, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Today’s Handmade Gift Guide is for those friends of ours who don’t need to venture too far, but instead prefer to curl up on the couch with a cup of something warm and enjoy the comforts of home. Give your homebody something to make the home they already love even more special.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

Handmade Gifts for The Homebody

1. Porcelain Pen Mugs – Plain white mugs get a make over. One of the easiest projects around, simply doodle your design with a porcelain pen then bake in the oven.

2. Domestic Trophies – A new and playful spin on an old tradition.

3. Nature Inspired Vase – Use your printer and different types of transfer paper to embellish everything from fabric to furniture.

4. COZY Scrabble Pillows – Make your favorite Homebody’s home even cozier with these cute scrabble pillows.

5. Striped Cardigan – Help that special someone keep warm on these cold winter nights with a comfy yet stylish cardigan.

6. Knit Teapot Cosy – Make tea time a little more enjoyable with a knit cosy to keep your teapot warm.

7. Paint Chip Wall Art – You don’t have to be able to draw or paint to create stylish wall art. Spruce up with walls of someone’s home with this easy piece made from paint chips.

8. Chunky Knit Throw – Giving something hand knit is always special, and this beautiful chunky throw would be a perfect addition to any living home.

9. DIY Chevron Rug – Turn a cheap Ikea rug into something special, by coordinating it with your Homebody’s decor.

10. Very Fine House Art Print – This cute little print would make a lovely addition to a kitchen, foyer, fireplace, or family room.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series with Gifts for The Handyman.

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National Cookie Day (USA)

December 4, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Apparently December 4th is National Cookie Day in America. So to celebrate… I’ve rounded up some inspiration for some fabulous holiday cookies. Time to get baking!

Holiday Cookies - National Cookie Day

Hope Joy Noel | Butter Dream Cookies | Gingerbread Trees | Christmas Pudding Cookies | Chocolaty Melting Snowmen | Coconut Christmas Wreaths | Peanut Butter Rudolph Reindeer | Joy & Noel Jam Tiles | Gingerbread Men Sugar Cookies

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Traveler

December 4, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Next up in our Handmade Gifts Series… gifts for the Traveler! Everyone has one, that friend who’s always running off to faraway places, only to return with amazing stories and stunning pictures. Well it’s time to show that friend of yours just how much you miss them when their gone. Give them something for their next adventure and they’ll be sure to think of you, however far away they may be.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts For Travelers

1. Personalized Map Letter – Cover your friend’s initial with the map of their favorite place.

2. Traveler’s Notebook – What every traveler needs. A place to jot down notes, doodle pictures of their travels and record their amazing experiences.

3. Passport Case – Keep your passport safe and travel in style, with this handmade passport cover. It even has room for extras like a credit card, room key or boarding passes.

4. iPad Case – The traveler’s new best friend, the ipad! Keep it save with this stylish and simple cover.

5. Handmade Luggage Tags – There’s no mistaking who’s bag is who’s with these handmade luggage tags.

6. Neck Pillow Covers – Make sure your favorite traveler arrives rested and raring to go after a long plane or train ride, with a colorful neck pillow.

7. Vintage Map Necklace – Why not spoil your traveling friend with a beautiful vintage map pendant of their favorite place, or maybe remind them where home is.

8. Personal Stationary – Be sure you stay in touch while they’re roaming the world by giving them their own stationary. They’ll have no excuse not to write.

9. Travel Dice Game – Help them make friends, and pass the long hours of travel with a fun travel game.

10. World Traveler Prints – Remind them of their favorite city with a gorgeous hand-illustrated print.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series with Gifts for The Homebody.

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Handmade Gift Guide: Gifts for The Foodie

December 3, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

We’re kicking off our Handmade Gifts Series today, with gifts for the Foodie! You know that friend of yours who’s always in the kitchen… whipping up yummy treats, and if you’re lucky sharing them with you. Well it’s time to give back and we’ve rounded up some great handmade gift ideas for your foodie friends.

We know not everyone has time to make all their gifts, so don’t worry, each of our Handmade Gift Guides includes projects for you to make, as well as handcrafted gifts you can buy. Give love this holiday season… Give Handmade!

Handmade Gifts for: The Foodie

1. Recipe Tea Towels – Emma turned her grandmother’s handwritten recipes into tea towels, for that personal touch.

2. Dipped Wooden Utensils – All the rage right now, but often over priced, here’s an easy DIY version to help you get the same look.

3. Golden Gun’s Apron – Who calls the shots in your kitchen? Silk screened aprons are a great way to personalize a gift for your favorite foodie!

4. Custom Canisters – This tutorial comes with free printables to help you get the look of these classy canisters.

5. Simple Pot Holders – You can never have too many pot holders. Make these with fabric that matches your foodie’s kitchen decor.

6. Wooden Recipe Box – Add some of your favorite recipes on these free printable recipe cards, and give your fav foodie somewhere to store the secrets to all their best creations.

7. Magnetic Knife Strip – Instructables shows you how to make this beautiful wooden knife strip, perfect for storing a foodies most important tools.

8. DIY A-Frame Wine Rack – Everyone knows food and wine are a great match, so here’s an easy tutorial that might just be rewarded with a thank you meal.

9. Personalized Cookware – How many people can say they have personalized cookware? With this easy tutorial you can show your foodie friends just how special they are, with custom etched glass cookware.

10. Kitchen Chalk Board – Every foodie needs a place to jot down a quick message, or notes from their newest recipe. This Kitchen Chalk Board is the perfect accessory to any kitchen.

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as we continue our Handmade Gift Guide Series with Gifts for The Traveler.

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Holiday Craft Fair Calendar 2012

November 30, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

‘Tis the season…. for holiday craft shows! Lots going on this month, so check out one near you and buy handmade this season.

Holiday Craft Fair Calendar

Saturday December 1st

Holiday Heap (Charm City Craft Mafia) – Baltimore, MD
Holiday Handmade Cavalcade 2012 – New York, NY
The Little Craft Show – Fayetteville, AR
Indie Craft Parade Holiday Fair – Greenville, SC
The 3rd Annual Wandering Winter Craft Show – Toronto, ON
Cresskill Holiday Craft Fair – Cresskill, NJ
I Made It! for the Holidays – Pittsburgh, PA
Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market – Chicago, IL
Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Detroit, MI
34th annual Holiday Bazaar – Rochester, NY
Christmas Craft Fayre and Market – Bristol, UK
The Bizarre Bazaar – Seattle, WA
Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show – San Francisco, CA
Holiday Craft Fair – Hoboken, NJ
Christmas Holiday Shoppe – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Sunday December 2nd

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Market – Chicago, IL
Holiday Hit List – San Diego, CA
Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Detroit, MI
Bazaar Bizarre Holiday Show – San Francisco, CA
Holiday Craft Fair – Hoboken, NJ
GLAM Indie Craft Show – Gainesville, FL

Saturday December 8th

Got Craft? – Vancouver, BC
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale – Portland, OR
Atomic Holiday Bazaar – Sarasota, FL
Craftapalooza – Abilene, TX
Artropy Craft Show – St Louis, MO
City of Craft 2012 – Toronto, ON
Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar – Oklahoma City, OK
Handmade Holiday 2012 – Richmond, VA
Crafts Gone Wild – Columbus, OH
Happy Holiday Craft Bazaar – Columbus, OH
Holiday Craft Fair – Boston, MA
What the Craft! – Calgary, AB
Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar – Oklahoma City, OK

Sunday December 9th

Got Craft? – Vancouver, BC
Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale – Portland, OR
Atomic Holiday Bazaar – Sarasota, FL
The 3rd Annual Wandering Winter Craft Show – Toronto, ON
City of Craft 2012 – Toronto, ON

Saturday December 15th

HoneyCraft Indie Craft Market – Woodstock, IL
5th Annual Crafty Feast – Columbia, SC
Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Market – San Francisco, CA

Sunday December 16th

HoneyCraft Indie Craft Market – Woodstock, IL
Renegade Craft Fair San Francisco Holiday Market – San Francisco, CA
Handmade NW Formal Artisans Fair! – Portland, Oregon

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Handmade Advent Calendar Roundup 2012

November 15, 2012 - Filed under Christmas

Can you believe we’re halfway through November already? December 1st is only a couple of weeks away, so rather than leave it till the last minute, like I usually do, I thought I’d remind you all it’s time to start thinking about Advent Calendars. Whether you’re looking for something quick and easy, or something that will last in your family for years to come, I’ve got lots of great inspiration for you this year.

handmade advent calendars

1. Santa’s Beard – One of the cutest and easiest ideas I’ve come across in a long time. Trim Santa’s beard daily as we get closer to Christmas.

2. Reindeer Cups – This is a great project to get the kids involved with. Glue googly eyes & antlers onto paper cups and fill them each with a little surprise.

3. Falling Stars – These paper pouches are filled with treats and sew together easily on a sewing machine. Did you know you could sew paper?

4. Scrapbook Advent – This cute idea not only gives you a daily surprise but the envelopes let you save notes and thoughts from each day, to look back on the following year.

5. Snowflake Countdown – This easy idea consists of 25 snowflakes each with a fun holiday activity on the back.

6. Shadow Boxes – A great use for a shadow box, each little box contains a little treat or surprise.

7. Dixie Cup Advent – These little paper cups are covered with fun coordinating paper and strung up with clothes-pegs.

8. Santa’s Pom-Pom Beard – Another great project for little ones. Everyday attach a pom-pom or cotton ball to Santa’s beard when it’s full, Santa will be near.

9. Easy Envelopes – These easy little envelopes are folded out of fun scrapbook paper, and filled with a holiday activity.

10. Advent Tree Decorations – Why not combine your advent calendar with your tree decorating. Every day add a new ornament to your tree.

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